Five Questions: Jennie Batchelor on the Lady’s Magazine

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By Matthew Sangster

Jennie Batchelor is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Kent. Her research interests include women’s writing; authorship and anonymity; periodicals and women’s magazines; representations of gender; the politics and practices of work; sexuality and the body; book history; material culture studies; and the eighteenth-century charity movement. Her books include Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690s-1820s (co-edited with Manushag N. Powell; Edinburgh University Press, 2018), Women’s Work: Labour, Gender and Authorship (Manchester University Press, 2010) and Jane Austen Embroidery: Authentic Embroidery Projects for Modern Stitchers (Pavillion, 2020). She recently gave the Marilyn Butler Memorial Lecture at BARS/NASSR 2022; her excellent talk drew on the research that fed into her newest monograph, The Lady’s Magazine (1770-1832) and the Making of Literary History (Edinburgh University Press, 2022), which we discuss below.

1) How did you first become interested in the Lady’s Magazine?

My fascination with the Lady’s Magazine began in 1998 when I was in the early stages of my PhD dissertation on dress and the female body in eighteenth-century literature and culture. …read more